Is diabetes a disability? Yes, diabetes can qualify as a disability, and if it’s preventing you from working, a disability representative like Crest SSD can help you receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) follows a strict procedure to verify your disability, and qualifying for benefits will significantly depend on the ways diabetes limits your working capabilities.

Receiving benefits based on diabetes can be difficult to prove compared to other disabling conditions, but having an experienced Social Security disability representative on your side can increase your chances of approval by 75%.

If diabetes affects your quality of life and it’s impossible for you to work, click here to begin applying for disability benefits.

How Can I Qualify For Social Security Benefits?

Being diagnosed with diabetes alone will not automatically qualify for disability because diabetes is not currently an impairment included in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments. However, if you are unable to work because of the health impairments caused by Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you may be entitled to benefits. You may be eligible to receive benefits if: 

  • You are not able to work due to uncontrolled diabetes despite treatment.
  • Other health problems have come up because of your diabetes and limit your ability to perform tasks.
  • The health problems have lasted or will last for at least 12 months.

Also, to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must have paid taxes into the Social Security and earned enough work credits. Crest SSD has extensive experience assisting applicants who have diabetes to obtain SSDI benefits. If you have diabetes and you are unable to work, please contact our office or fill the free evaluation form on this page.

Filing For Disability With A Diabetes Diagnosis

The application process can be long and complicated, and filling out SSDI forms is not easy. Fortunately, a disability advocate such as Crest SSD can apply for benefits on your behalf, fill out all the forms and get you approved as soon as possible. 

More than half of SSDI applications are rejected due to errors in the initial application. Crest SSD will complete all the forms correctly, communicate with the SSA on your behalf, and be there for every part of your case. We will also file an appeal and represent you at the court hearings if necessary.

To see if you qualify for disability benefits or to review your claim, you can contact an expert to assist you by phone, email, or through our chat feature.

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Diabetes And The SSA 

Most of the time, an applicant with diabetes will be approved for disability benefits on the basis of diabetes only in conjunction with one or more health problems caused by their diabetes. The following are some examples of complications from diabetes that people suffer from:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Poorly healing skin and bacterial infections
  • Amputation of an extremity

For example, diabetes could lead to eye and vision problems. If your diabetes causes less than 20/200 vision in the better eye, you could qualify for Social Security disability based on vision impairment. (Listing 2.02) 

Qualifying For A Medical-Vocational Allowance

Another way an applicant can receive benefits is under a Medical-Vocational Allowance. If your complications or symptoms from diabetes prevent you from working at your job or adjust to other work, you can get approved for benefits under a Medical-Vocational Allowance.

Medical-Vocational Allowance considers your age, education, employment history, and Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) in deciding whether you can meet the demands of any full-time work. Your RFC is an evaluation of what and how much you can do despite your impairments. The SSA will analyze things like how well you can walk, use your arms and hands, your ability to focus on tasks, and attend work regularly. RFC is evaluated and determined by a doctor, and medical evidence, so qualifying medical evidence will be needed to demonstrate your functional limitations. 

Our disability representatives have experience working with all types of cases and can help applicants who have previously been denied receive benefits through Medical-Vocational Allowance. 

Hire A Disability Advocate Like Crest SSD 

A disability advocate can help you by demonstrating the effects of multiple impairments, proving you can’t do sedentary work, and at any level of appeals.

We have experience with the SSA’s system and have helped over 40,000 in the past two years alone! Having a disability advocate working on your behalf can make this process less stressful and save you time. We understand how important SSDI benefits are to our clients, and we do everything possible to obtain benefits as soon as possible. 

If your Social Security disability claim has been denied, do not give up! Contact us today to review your claim for free.